Connection to Directory


With the directory connection, you can extract multiple files from one directory. The result is the union of all selected files. If the columns in the files don’t match, the output structure contains all columns of all files; the column value is empty for columns that are not contained in a particular file.

Main settings:

Directory name

Full path to the directory containing the files

File pattern

Regular expression on the filenames for the selection of files in the directory

Header (true or false)

If set, the entries of the first line are used as column headers

Data delimiter

Separators between the columns in the text file, e.g. “,”.

  • Tab as data delimiter: \t
  • For blank value (” “) as data delimiter: #space

Enclosure character

The enclosure character of the columns. Possible enclosure characters are “, ‘ or none.

Advanced settings: 


The most prevalent character encodings are: “UTF-8” (default), “ASCII”, “latin1” (Windows standard)

A list of all character codes can be found at: From this list you can also manually enter  a character code into the field ‘Encoding’.

Use escape character

If set, the character “\” invokes an alternative interpretation of the subsequent character. For example: “1\”Hello\”2” is interpreted as 1”Hello”2

Add Filename column

None: no information on the name of the file is available in a File extract.
Name: a file extract on this connection gets an additional column “#_Filename” with the name of the file.
Path: a file extract on this connection gets an additional column “#_Filename” with the name of the file including the full path.

 Recursive If set, all sub-directories of the directory are also considered.
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